Reviews and Blog Posts: cooking

Looking Ahead--Schedule for September & October Now Available!

Making Sense of the American Civil War

The Fresh City Life My Branch September & October adult cultural programs schedule is now online and will soon be available in your branch! Get these great events onto your calendar NOW--you don't want to miss our Haunted Happenings or finding your soul mate!

Some Fresh City Life My Branch programs require registration, and they can fill up quickly. Take a look, and register now if you're interested! To register, call the branch where the program is happening, or email: fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org with your name and phone number. These programs are all for adults.

At Smiley, 720-865-0260:

Be Social! Grill It! Sniff It!

What does your weekend look like? Add a Fresh City Life My Branch program to the picture to make it look fun!

Events on Saturday, August 25:

Social Networking 101, 10 a.m. at the Bear Valley Branch. What's all the hype about Facebook? Do you want to know what tweeting is? Learn what a social network is, why people do and don't use them, check out the latest examples, and learn how to get started if you want to!

Ice Pop Summer

Perfect Pops

The July/August issue of Martha Stewart Everyday Food magazine led me to this recipe for fudge bars, and a summer long obsession with creating fun, refreshing, and tasty ice pops! (the lemon ice recipe in that issue was a hit, too!).

While it seems that summer will soon be over, with school starting up soon and the weather cooling down a bit, it's still warm enough to crave an ice pop after work or school on a hot day! They can be as simple as blending together fruit, water, sugar, and lemon juice and freezing it or as creative as strawberry basil or any other combination that sounds good to you! They can be healthy or decadent, or even just for grown ups!

Happy 100th Birthday, Julia Child!

My Life in France

Julia Child, who many people consider the original celebrity chef, would have turned 100 on August 15. She inspired many to try their hands at cooking, make mistakes along the way, and have fun doing it!

The Denver Public Library has many of Julia's cookbooks, along with biographies of her and books written by those she worked with and inspired, not to mention DVDs of her show The French Chef. Julia came to cooking later in her life, and her years before she moved to France and learned to cook are also interesting to read about. How will you celebrate Julia's birthday?

DVDs:

Julia Child, The French Chef

Yes, Chef?

Yes, Chef

One of the summer's hottest memoirs is Marcus Samuelsson's Yes, Chef. If you want another culinary memoir to read while you're waiting for this highly acclaimed book, check out some of these other tales of cooking education & life in the kitchen.

Life, On the Line, Grant Achatz

The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World's Most Famous Cooking School, Kathleen Flinn

Out of the Frying Pan: A Chef's Memoir of Hot Kitchens, Single Motherhood, and the Family Meal, Gillian Clark

Salads, Business, and Dogs!

Salads

You have your choice of 3 Fresh City Life My Branch events this Saturday, June 30, at 2 p.m. What do you love most: summer salads, your small business, or your dog?

Monica Kadillak is back with her popular Summer Salads class at the Ross-University Hills Branch. Get some ideas for cool summer meals or sides that your whole family will love. They're healthy, too! Recipes and samples included.

Grilled cheese, please! : 50 scrumptiously cheesy recipes

by Laura Werlin

DPL Rating:
4

Nom, nom, nom, Yum this book of fifty different kinds of grilled cheese sammies pleases me, I never thought of putting cheese on the outside of the sandwich even though my favorite part of a grilled cheese is that delish burned cheese that spills out the side! Werlin offers many...

Comfort me with apples : more adventures at the table

by Ruth Reichl

DPL Rating:
4

This is a follow up to he first book called Tender at the Bone, Reichl writes beautifully about food and about being human. Her observations are prosey yet powerful, she is identifiable and admirable flawed and motivated. Also she has eaten with some of the best and most famous cooks...

10 Reasons to Come Downtown This Weekend

"The life of our city is rich in poetic and marvelous subjects. We are enveloped and steeped as though in an atmosphere of the marvelous; but we do not notice it." -- Charles Baudelaire

​Downtown Denver offers up fantastic art, good eats, great music, free films, and some eccentric crafting for the urban adventurer. Here's a short list of 10 things to do at the library or mere steps away.

10. Hear French Metro-inspired accordion music played by a real live Frenchman. (Sunday, 2p, Central Library) ('Frenchman' is an exaggeration as accordionist is actually from New Zealand)

9. Find a rare first edition of The DaVinci Code or an ABBA cd amongst the treasures at the Denver Public Library Used Book Sale. (Thursday-Sunday, hours and info, Central Library) (The DaVinci Code not rare)

FCL My Branch--Tech, Yoga and Totes--Plus, Brunch and Intuition!

Brunch

Make time for a Fresh City Life My Branch program this week, and add a bit of something to your life!

If you want to try out the benefits of yoga but are intimidated by visiting a studio, try it at the library, with Beginning Yoga at the Bear Valley Branch on Tuesday, June 5 at 5:30 p.m. Get your questions about yoga answered, and try it out! Wear clothing that allow for movement, and bring a mat or towel if you have one.

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